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Playing Open Mics Is A Lot Like Market Research

A while back I wrote an article on why it is a great idea to play as many open mics as you possibly can. And I still believe in that idea. It’s all about experience, experience and more experience. Those minutes spent add up and before long you’ll start seeing a major difference in your entire swagger.

But then it came to me, another great reason to play open mics.

You get to see what the crowd responds to. I’ve noticed which songs get the least crowd response and which one gets the girls dancing. Note to self, write more songs like those.

It’s like it’s own market research.

So play as many of them as you possibly can !

 

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Song Analysis: Anna Kendrick “Cups” (Pitch Perfect’s When Im Gone)

Sometimes hits can come from the most unexpected places.

Usher’s Get Low was only suppose to a mixtape hit.  Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody experienced a resurrection due to Wayne’s World.  Home by Philip Philips.

These and a handful of others song struck a chord within the general audience and just kept going and going like a runaway freight train.

One another accidental hit is Anna Kendrick’s “Cups.”

The theme hits home because we all have that someone that we just want to say , “Listen, your life would be better with me in it. So why are you leaving? WHY???!!!”

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Song Analysis – Of Monsters And Men “Little Talks”

 

all that’s left is the ghost of you

Everything changes. Someone you thought you were close to will one day let you down.

The theme of this song is “love sucks because of miscommunication”.
The title being referred to as something these lovers use to have.

What kind of questions does the title raise?

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SongWriting Analysis – The Eagles “Lyin Eyes”

This is my absolute favorite song in the world. In terms of songwriting and harmonies and pure awesomeness, you can’t get any better then this track right here.

It started out as a bar scene between a girl and an older gentlemen that Glenn Frey saw and him coming up with the line ” Look at her, she can’t even hide those lyin eyes“, it quickly became the perfect example of what a song should be.

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Music Documentary: The Beatles and The Making of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

If you want to be a great songwriter, youHAVE to study the Beatles. Basically every piece of music written after has their melodic fingerprints all over it. This album has everything. From the simplest, enjoyable pop to Indian bhangra beats to being the concept album of concept albums.

yea the audio is a bit out of sync with the speaking, but who cares, it’s The Beatles !

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band deserves to be analyzed over and over again.

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SongWriting Analysis: Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop”

Writer: Miley Cyrus, Mike Williams II, Timothy Thomas, Theron Thomas, Douglas Davis, Ricky Walter
Producer: Mike Will Made It
BPM: 80

I remember singing karaoke with one of my homies and we were doing Miley Cyrus’s “Party In The U.SA.”
(go ahead, ask why) Cause it’s a great song. And it’s fun to sing, that’s why. Anyways we were singing it, with our “amazing” singing voices when some girl from the crowd goes “If you’re gonna sing this song, at least sing it right.”

Me and my friend kept singing, but I was thinking “What??? This is karaoke…. Not exactly an opera or a choir recital.”

“It’s our party and we can do what we want.”

And that’s why “We Can’t Stop” is a hit. The theme being Me Against The World. Always ask yourself what kind of questions the title raises. Why exactly can’t they stop us? Well it’s because we’re having a party here. OUR party. 
Red cups, sweaty bodies and hands up in the air cause right now we ain’t care.

There is only a slight lyrical development here. The first verse feels like a bit more of a setup verse and the second verse to solidify the theme of “not caring.”

Really pay attention to the simplicity, yet effectiveness of the message. We Can’t Stop because those lyrics are empowering. Hey to the girls with the big butts, shake it like you at a strip club.

We Can’t Stop Lyrics – Rapgenius.com

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What Makes The Song So Great – Bruno Mars “Treasure”


Songwriter- Ari Levine, Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Phredley Brown
Production-The Smeezingtons
BPM – 116
Bruno Mars and The Smeezingtons are definitely one of the more fun songwriting groups of this decade.They’ve written ALOT of hits.

The theme of the song is all about “hey girl you’re so fine, let’s get together!”

He’s basically saying through his lyrics,
”Listen girl, I like you so much, be with me and you’ll be appreciated.”
He’s comparing her to a golden star. A treasure.

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The Ten Most Important Themes For SongWriting

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 Songs about relationships rule the charts.

I love you. Now we’re done. Now I lost you. Im so lonely. I cheated on my girlfriend. She cheated on me. We get back together. We break up again. Im never giving this up.

People LOVE drama. They’re addicted to it.  Whether it’s the fun happy times or the endless aching, people need to feel something. If you want to level up your songwriting, then you need to understand why people listen and respond to certain songs.

We’re all natural voyeurs. Curious of everything that is going in our lives and other people’s lives. It’s just human nature.

Being a songwriter, we need to write about the moments that offer change and insight.

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Book Review: James Brown The GodFather of Soul: An Autobiography

James Brown is the hardest working man ever in show business.

When it comes down to it, music is judged and enjoyed on how well you write songs and play live. That’s really it. Reading from this book, you can feel how much James Brown LOVED playing live. He needed it. He lived for it. Nothing was gonna stop him. Getting inspiration from how hard his dad worked, James Brown gave it all his every single time.

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Scott Devine On Steps To Mastery

Take baby steps. That’s it. Every artist/master has had to work hard at his craft. There is no other way. And sometimes it’s really easy to be discouraged.

Well how do you motivate yourself to keep going?

Sometimes you just gotta take baby steps.

“You can’t really do anything with one brick. But with a thousand bricks, you can build a mansion.”

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